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Capture from a webcam or camera

Watch a video on capturing from a webcam or camera or follow the instructions below.

Webcam Capture

Warpwire provides modern HTML5-based video capture from all browsers that support it. For this reason, we recommend recording in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, if available. If your browser doesn't support HTML5 capture, you'll be automatically directed to our legacy Adobe Flash capture interface. Scroll down on this page to read about said interface.

To capture video directly from the browser, begin by navigating to the Media Library you want your video to be in. Then, click the + button in the upper-right of the page.

Next, select "Capture from camera" from the drop-down menu to begin the media capture process.

Add content dropdown menu, with 'Camera Capture' selected

Depending on your browser, you may have to explicitly allow your camera and microphone to be used.

Below is a screenshot showing this process in Mozilla Firefox. We recommend selecting "Always Share" from the "Share Selected Devices" dropdown:

Device share settings dropdown menu in Firefox

and Google Chrome:

Device share settings dropdown menu in Chrome

If you want to use an external camera or microphone, you can select it via the dropdown menus if they are connected and turned on. You can also select the recording quality for your video.

Camera Capture interface, with dropdown menus for Video Source, Audio Source, and Resolution

When the desired camera and microphone are selected, click the round video camera button Camera icon to begin recording your video.

The button will turn red, indicating that your video is being recorded. On either side of the button, you will find the duration of your video and microphone input level indicator. Click the button again to stop recording Red square stop button icon.

Camera capture interface mid-recording, stop button visible

You will now be given the opportunity to name your newly recorded file, and to play it back for review. Once named, click "Save" to save the video to your previously selected Media Library, then "Done."

Camera capture interface with user input for title of recording Camera capture interface with 'Done' button visible

You should see your newly named file appear in the list of Media Library files. It will appear as "Queued." It may take a few minutes before the status changes to "In Progress" and is fully processed for viewing. The higher the resolution you selected at the time of recording, the longer processing will take.

Legacy Capture with Adobe Flash

If your device doesn't support HTML5-based video capture (the Safari browser, for example), you will be redirected to Warpwire's legacy Adobe Flash player to record a video.

If you are unsure if Adobe Flash is turned on and you use Google Chrome, first read their instruction, here.

In Safari 11, you'll need to go through the following steps to enable Flash:

  1. Open Safari, and choose Safari > Preferences
  2. Click the Websites tab and scroll down to the Plug-ins section. Locate the Adobe Flash Player entry
  3. Click the check-box to enable Flash Player.
  4. For ‘When visiting other websites’ setting, select the option of your choosing: Ask, Off, or On
  5. Exit out of Preferences when finished configuring Flash Player.

In Safari 10, you'll need to go through the following steps to enable Flash:

  1. Open Safari, and choose Safari > Preferences
  2. Click the Security tab and then click "Plug-in Settings..."
  3. Search for Adobe Flash Player
  4. Click the check-box to enable Flash Player.
  5. For the ‘When visiting other websites’ setting, select the option of your choosing: Ask, Off, or On from the dropdown menu.
  6. Click "Done" to exit out of Preferences when finished configuring Flash Player.

First navigate to the desired Warpwire Media Library in your browser. If the library doesn't yet exist, you'll need to create a new Media Library or turn on Warpwire for your course (in Sakai, in Canvas).

Click the + button in the upper-right corner of the screen

Add content dropdown menu, with 'Camera Capture' selected

Next, click "Capture from camera" from the drop-down menu to begin the media capture process.

Add content dropdown menu, with 'Camera Capture' selected

At the bottom of the capture page, you should see a "Legacy Capture" text link. Click it.

If you're on a personal computer, click "Allow" to give Adobe Flash access to your microphone and camera. You will need Adobe Flash installed to use this feature on your personal computer.

Flash camera capture interface with alert from Adobe

If you want to use an external camera or microphone, you can select them via the dropdown menus if they are connected and turned on.

Flash camera capture interface wiht camera selection dropdown active

When the desired camera and microphone are selected, click the round video camera button Camera icon to begin recording your video.

Wide view of camera capture interface

The button will turn red, indicating that your video is being recorded. On either side of the button, you will find the duration of your video and microphone input level indicator. Click the button again to stop recording Red square stop icon.

Camera capture interface during recording

You will now be given the opportunity to name your newly recorded file. Once named, click "Save Recording" to save the video to your previously selected Media Library.

Camera capture interface after recording, with user input for file name

You should see your newly named file appear in the list of Media Library files. It will appear as "Queued." It may take a few minutes before the status changes to "In Progress" and is fully processed for viewing.

See also: Capture from a mobile device.

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